As you know, we recently celebrated the 4th of July – Independence Day. This date will always be etched into the history books as our day of declaring our freedom from Great Britain. It was a new season in America’s history. It was a time for liberty, freedom and prosperity.
It was those three words – liberty, freedom and prosperity – that struck a deep chord within me. As I took time to reflect upon those three words, I knew these are the rights God desires for His people to obtain.
In Isaiah 61:1-2, Isaiah prophesies about the coming Messiah of Jesus Christ and the roles He would fulfill. “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn….”
God’s desire is for each one of us, and the body of Christ, to experience His ultimate freedom. Today too, there are Christians that are in bondage. I would define bondage as anything interfering and/or prohibiting you from walking in the fullness of Christ. Can you be saved and yet still be in bondage? Yes. There are Christians out there that have received the Good News and have made Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord, yet this is only the beginning of one’s freedom in Him.
The second part of Isaiah’s verse speaks of how He has “come to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” God’s desire is for His people to be whole in Him. Many of us battle profound emotional wounds deep within our hearts that need to be addressed by Him, yet instead of dealing with our wounds, we try to conceal them. Meanwhile, those same wounds we think we have controlled are actually beginning to control us. Unattended wounds dictate the way we think about God, others and ourselves. Unattended wounds hinder our walk with God, because through our tainted lenses, we perceive God through our experiences, and not based upon His true character. Unattended wounds prohibit us from reaching our God-given destiny.
Here is the beauty of God. He longs to bring healing to your inner being. He wants to fill those holes within your heart with all of Him – with all of His love. His love sets us free from our insecurities of rejection to battle inadequate feelings. His love moves us from the place of fear to a position of faith. It is in His love that our greatest wounds of bitterness and resentment become a place of forgiveness and grace.
God desires for you and me to walk in His ultimate freedom. He wants us to be fully captivated by Him and for Him, but one cannot have a captivated heart if it is in bondage. Healing of the heart starts with us. We must be willing to give God all of the pieces of our heart, even those deep pieces hidden in the darkest of our souls, and allow Him to breathe life into our inner being through His Word. His Word is living and active. His Word is sharper than any double-edged sword. Just as a doctor has to surgically use a knife to get to the root of the matter, God, the Great Physician, already knows what we need and how to perform the necessary surgery to bring healing to our hearts.
So, let me ask you, what has been holding you back from walking in God’s ultimate freedom for you? Just as America has etched in the history books this moment in time to declare her liberty, freedom and prosperity, why don’t you do the same? Choose this day to allow Him to set you free, for whom the Son sets free will be free indeed. Jesus came so you could have liberty, freedom and prosperity. He came so you could have life to the fullest in Him. What we don’t realize is that He has already paid the price for our freedom; we just need to learn to receive it.
May the Lord continue to direct you into God’s love and in Christ’s perseverance.